- 1. I was once socially oblivious. For years, whenever someone asked me about my weekend, I'd tell them. After much practice, I learned to ask, "And how was your weekend?" I've improved so much that now I can listen to my friends, offer support, and not bring up my own self-involved worries until asked.
- I like to use Lorel Clayton as my writing identity rather than Lorel Colgin, because if you google my real name you get 10 pages of mostly science-related mumbo-jumbo.
- I've lived in Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Sydney Australia.
- I have 2 passports, which is very 'James Bond' and cool.
- I'm almost ambidextrous (can do everything except write with my left)
- I'm not afraid of heights, love 'em actually. But boats make me nauseous and eventually comatose.
- I audited Ancient Greek as a break from molecular biology in grad school (does that put me at the top of every nerd-ometer or what?)
- I'm a sucker for romance and action movies, though I usually don't like the subjects mixed. Also, I played with both Barbie and GI Joe as a child. I wonder if this is related to my pseudo-ambidexterity?
- I have a level 80 human rogue in World of Warcraft and not by choice. It's the only way I've been able to stay in touch with my video-game obsessed brother over the last couple of years.
- I own a monographed pool cue :)
Now, the hard part. Who can I pass the award along to that doesn't already have it (I'm thinking of you Elizabeth)? I need to get out there in cyberspace more.
- Justine Larbalestier's blog--She writes YA, but she's honest, entertaining and her book 'Liar' is so good I wish I'd written it.
- The Kill Zone--The musings of these thriller writers can be educational and make you paranoid about a career in writing, even if you're on the NY Times Bestseller list.
- Terry's Place--Interesting anecdotes, writing advice, and her storyboards are awesome. She's inspired me to give it a try.
- John August--It's screenplays and not novels, but there are some great thoughts about storytelling in general. It's also where I heard about Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (I think. My brain is melting so I'm not sure)
- Query Shark--THE place to learn about writing queries. It's enough to frighten you away from ever approaching an agent.
That's it. Like I said, I need to read more blogs and make more cyber-friends...and ask them about their weekend :)